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05-09-2012, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by WG View Post
Problem with this approach is that the team would basically have to come to camp with a $56M payroll to leave cushion for Gomez. If Gomez doesn't make the roster and gets sent down, the team then sits $7-8M under the cap and nothing to spend it on. If the team goes out and signs a couple of 2nd tier FAs (not even considering Suter/Parise) Gomez making the team would push the payroll over the cap.

The team will have to decide by July 1 whether they intend to bury Gomez or not.
while I certainly would prefer the decision to bury him be made prior to July 1st, and that the team used it's cap space as if he weren't going to be on the roster (as other teams have done), as a close second option WS's take is bang on.

while it would limit things this summer a bit by only spending to ~56M$ (+cap increase), short of having a real shot at Parise (or Suter), we should still be able to resign the guys we want, and target a player or two in trade/ufa.

It would also force Bergie to be creative in finding ways to upgrade the roster, a bit of "trial by fire" if you will, and how he manages that will give us a strong early indication of what kind of GM we have on our hands.

the "upside", is that if he doesn't make the team, then we send him to the AHL and have a huge amount of cap space going into the season (which can be useful approaching the deadline, as "budget" teams that are falling out of the playoff race look to save money/unload contracts), and with several big name players tentatively UFA's in 2013, it makes it easier to put together an offer should any of them get put on the trade market (the way Kovalchuk or Hossa have been in the past).

there would have to be a caveat though... he'd have to make the team as a top-9 player (which seems very unlikely), and he'd have to do so in a convincing enough manner to justify sending Leblanc back to the AHL to start the year (or perhaps Bourque, if he struggles badly in camp).

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